The United Nations Association has presented Vittoria Food & Beverage CEO, Mr Leslie Schirato, with the UNAA Lifework – Individual 2016 award for his contributions to the Australian coffee, food and beverage industry.
Les was also cited for his services to the community and philanthropic contributions to health, youth, rural areas, social welfare and those less fortunate, as well as investing time and mentoring of youth in business and talent development.
The United Nations only presents one award each year to an individual and community in Australia.
Among the distinguished guests at the black tie event on 30 August was The Hon Paul Fletcher MP – Member for Bradfield and Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta.
In his acceptance speech, Les shared stories of humble beginnings. He acknowledged his migrant father and the work ethic instilled in him which he has passed onto his children, Rolando and Gabriela. He made specific note of the extraordinary people he has worked with and met all over the world and the fortune this has afforded him.
Les said Vittoria’s well known graduate program and his contributions to philanthropic organisations, including The Curran Foundation and Oz Harvest, have given him the greatest sense of achievement.
Image caption, from left: Joseph Carrozzi, Paul Fletcher, Les Schirato and Dr Geoff Lee.